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Apple’s “Healthbook” Screenshots Leaked (Update: Recreated)

Published by on Mar 18th, 2014, No Comments

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Everyone seems to be focussed on the iWatch as Apple’s latest revolutionary product – but it turns out that the software around it might be the truly revolutionary aspect of wearables. While most “wearables” seem to focus on only certain aspects (like movement), it looks like Apple will be building a much broader platform.

Healthbook is Apple’s latest project which seems to work in a similiar fashion to the current underutilized Passbook interface. The app is divided into “cards” that keep track of key elements of your health – like heart rate, weight, activity etc. 9to5Mac managed to recreate many of the screenshots that can be expected. (more…)

Google Drive drops price to $2 per month for 100GB

Published by on Mar 14th, 2014, 5 Comments

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Dropbox has been the darling of anyone (including us) who wanted a well designed cloud storage tool that synced with your desktop, smartphone and a web interface. Google launched their Drive product 2 years ago, but today dropped their pricing to bargain levels.

Google just announced their latest pricing – a 100GB of cloud storage for $2 a month and 1TB of storage for $10. This means you can have a proper amount of storage for your files, photos etc, which is always safe in the cloud as well. As a bonus, if you have multiple devices, the files can be always accessible from any of those machines. You can also always access all your files from any web browser.

So far the only disadvantage to Google Drive is that it does not quite have the developer API support that Dropbox has, but that should change quickly. That, and of course having to re-upload all your files if you have used Dropbox until now…

Now you have no excuse for not backing up.

Go to https://www.google.com/settings/storage to set up a larger Google Drive.

Wyzetalk launches Graduate Hub for students

Published by on Feb 28th, 2014, No Comments

WyzetalkWyzetalk has today announced the launch of Graduate Hub – the social and business network that connects students in a closed social community, allowing them to discuss their studies, jobs, bursaries, lifestyle and other areas of common interest.

“There is a real need for students to receive information that is pertinent to them in every phase of their student life. Not only are they in a phase of accumulating and sharing knowledge, they are also faced with the reality of funding their studies and finding work experience that will get them ahead. The Graduate Hub community was created to provide very necessary support from like-minded individuals and companies that have the best interests of students at heart,” says Gys Kappers, CEO of Wyzetalk.

The social business platform is easy to access on a desktop, tablet or mobile phone using native apps for each technology environment that can be downloaded from the stores. It’s safe and conversations are focused on topics that are only relevant to the students and not cluttered with social chatter and irrelevant ads. “It’s not just about content, ideas and chatter; rather it is about using a rich multi-play platform in a meaningful way to gain intelligence, insights and sentiment in a way that will help students come together to share interests and make more informed decisions about their studies and future. (more…)

Hitachi Data Systems expands partnership with Symantec

Published by on Feb 28th, 2014, No Comments

symantec-logo-vert-white-300__2_Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) today announced an agreement with Symantec to resell Symantec NetBackup data protection software and Enterprise Vault information archiving software. HDS selected Symantec’s information management solutions because of their proven reliability in helping customers protect and store their critical information inside the evolving data center.

Enterprise customers want an end-to-end solution from a single vendor to solve their data protection and retention problems. Businesses want to know their data is protected today more than ever before. The rise in big data analysis and the competitive advantage it brings has made that data more valuable to business. As a result, the need to protect data is increasing along with complexity, while budgets are decreasing. With its extended agreement with Symantec, HDS can now provide the best information management, software and services by leveraging the combined capabilities of the two companies.

“Symantec is excited to provide Hitachi Data Systems customers access to its market-leading critical data protection and information governance solutions,” said Brent Simon, vice president, Global Systems Integrators and Partners, Symantec. “Symantec and HDS have worked together successfully in the field for many years, delivering enterprise-class solutions to our joint customers. This agreement extends our partnership, enabling customers to acquire a complete hardware, software and services solution for their backup and recovery and retention needs from Hitachi Data Systems.” (more…)

New BlackBerry Flagship Announced – the Q20

Published by on Feb 28th, 2014, 5 Comments

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After listening to feedback from its passionate QWERTY customers around the world, BlackBerry today unveiled a new flagship smartphone designed to deliver its traditional QWERTY experience on BlackBerry 10. The new BlackBerry Q20 smartphone will feature the familiar and classic ‘Menu’, ‘Back’, ‘Send’ and ‘End’ buttons and the integrated trackpad to enable the fast efficient navigation and one-handed use that has endeared the brand to its QWERTY customers.

“In my first 90 days on the job, I consistently heard from our ardent BlackBerry customers that the hard buttons and trackpad are an essential part of the BlackBerry QWERTY experience, that made their BlackBerry smartphone their go-to productivity tool. I want these customers to know that we heard them, and this new smartphone will be for them,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO at BlackBerry. (more…)

African Blogger Awards Entries now Open

Published by on Feb 27th, 2014, No Comments

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Entries to the 2014 African Blogger Awards, the continent’s very first awards programme that measures online and social influencers’ reach and influence through data analysis, are open to bloggers, Instagrammers, Tweeters and YouTubers across Africa.

The Awards have been divided into 36 categories, providing the opportunity for influencers on these platforms to be measured objectively against their peers, and duly recognised for their achievements. Categories are diverse, and include sectors such as Advice, Fashion and Beauty, Events and Nightlife, Education, Sports, Political, Technology and Gadgets, and Youth Culture among others.

“The African Blogger Awards are the first completely impartial, objective awards for online and social influencers on the African continent because winners will be determined by data analytics provided by Webfluential, and not through peer nominations,” says Mike Sharman, co-founder of the African Blogger Awards. (more…)

What does the “Engaged Economy” Mean?

Published by on Feb 27th, 2014, No Comments

Desere1Africa may be rising in terms of its economy and infrastructure deployment, connecting more and more Africans to the communications grid, but New Media communications organisation, Ole! Media Group, cautions businesses to be aware that not everyone is switched on to the latest mobile App. By focusing only on the “shiny baubles” of smartphone and tablet apps, when the vast majority of their customers still use basic feature phones, companies operating across the continent, run the risk of having their messages remaining unheard and their brand unengaged.

Although urbanisation of Africa is underway and smartphones are appearing more widely on the continent, they still account for less than 30% of cellphone users.  In fact, by 2015 it is reckoned there will be 5.6 non-smartphone users to every one smartphone across Africa.  In South Africa, there are approximately 8 million laptop or PC users accessing the internet versus more than five times that number of cellphone users, and with mobile internet and USSD access available to 90% of the user base in Africa, it seems pretty clear that an effective communication strategy in Africa needs to include content that is accessible via a wide variety of mobile devices. (more…)

KPMG Study Reveals 96% of Businesses Say They Are Not Managing Data Effectively

Published by on Feb 25th, 2014, No Comments

going-beyond-data-analytics-cover160KPMG Capital recently announced findings from a recent data and analytics (D&A) report that reveal a stark disconnect between C-suite executives who realise the value of big data, but are unsure of how to effectively implement and manage their existing resources. Going beyond the data: Achieving actionable insights from data and analytics, which interviewed 144 CFOs and CIOs from multinational companies with annual revenues of US$1 billion or more, also discovered a large majority of executives (75 percent) find it difficult to make decisions around D&A, even though 99 percent consider it to be important to their business.

“We live in an increasingly data-driven world where D&A has the potential to revolutionise the way we conduct and manage business operations across the entire enterprise,” said Mark Toon, CEO of KPMG Capital. “From CEOs, to CFOs, CIOs and CMOs, the challenge for today’s executive is understanding how to draw actionable insights from data and turn them into tangible, genuine results. This report demonstrates not only the hunger to harness new D&A capabilities, but also the greater level of support that’s needed to operationalise these insights.” (more…)

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